Winter Whisper

PhotographerAubra Franklin
PrizeHonorable Mention
City/CountrySan Antonio, United States
Photo DateJanuary 30, 2013
Technical InfoHasselblad H4x, 28mm, F18,1/30
Entry Description

It's no secret that the Maroon Bells are one of the most photographed landscapes on earth. Typically, taken from the waters edge, reflection, the Bells towering in the distance - summer, fall color, you name it. By all accounts, breathtaking. My very first landscape image was an absolute stunning sunrise at this very spot. I've been back dozens of times and have yet to witness one even close. Year after year I have had a quest to find that truly unique composition. Therefore, this image, Winter Whisper, is one of my most satisfying images as it is truly "unique". On this's particular day, I had been shooting around the front of maroon lake with little success. Then, as I was snow shoeing out I noticed this distinctive snowdrift. Could this be "it", the "unique" composition? The setting was absolutely perfect. Beautiful backlight, perfectly placed starburst between two aspen trees; the foreground snow drift situated diagonally creating energy and movement, the mountains on the left and right cropped triangularly, mimicking the triangular maroon bells. And, If that wasn't enough, the sunlight spilling over the snow revealing amazing textures and a sensual curve which tends to soften the entire image.

About Photographer

San Antonio based photographer Aubra Franklin has spent the past decade traveling the world in pursuit of magical moments, a spectacular sensation he calls soul light. His majestic images of landscapes are not only the result of perfect timing, exotic locales, and expert compositions, but reveal the photographer’s keen sense of space and depth. As a professionally trained architect, Aubra sees beyond flora and fauna in a beautiful landscape. Thirty years of experience designing and building have informed his distinct perspective on natural phenomena and epic destinations. As a student he became engrossed in architectural photography and over the years gradually expanded his repertoire beyond illustrious monuments and celebrated buildings to include images of magnificent seascapes and idyllic woodlands. Much like an architect meticulously visualizes his design long before pencil is put to paper, Aubra visualizes how a particular sight and feeling will appear on a print, to capture billowing clouds and towering canyons. Through his lens a grove of flowering trees becomes a collection of grandiose columns and cornices. Aubra’s diverse portfolio ranges from photographs of remote Croatian waterfalls to the soaring Maroon Bells Mountains. His travels have allowed him to capture the serendipity of a perfect sunrise in Utah’s Canyonlands, and the serenity of ships at sea near the Galapagos Islands. Each trip provides viewers with the opportunity to witness Aubra’s vision of landscapes as natural architecture and to experience the mysterious wonders of nature.